Why Peru Should Be your Next Travel Destination

Peru is a country which experiences different climate changes throughout the year. The rich nature here varies from deeply forested to ravined highlands. Historically, you can find the incredible architectural creations of the Incas, the heritage of Spanish colonization, and the freestanding land of the Uros and Taquiles at Lake Titicaca. Unbelievable beauty of Sacred Valley, the Paracas Islands and Ballestas with its nature, and the fascinating Nazca all represent the uniqueness of the country.

Photo: depositphotos.com

Photo: depositphotos.com

There are plenty of reasons to visit Peru, but we have chosen the best ones for those tourists who have not yet decided whether this country is worth visiting.

Lima is unbelievable

Lima is the capital of Peru and its largest city. It is situated in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, right in the geographic center of the country. Lima, once a faint and even criminal city, is becoming much safer and its popularity increases with the rising Peruvian economy; in fact, it has become one of the leading destinations in Latin America.  Ceviche, unexpectedly popular all over the world, has put the city’s unique and diverse gastronomy on the map. But Lima is beloved by many visitors not only because of its incredible culinary delights, but for the glorious old town, many museums, and the fascinating 1,800-year-old Huaca Pucllana ruins.

Aerial view of Miraflores Park, Lima - Peru. Photo: depositphotos.com

Aerial view of Miraflores Park, Lima – Peru. Photo: depositphotos.com

Machu Picchu

The ancient city of Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in South America. You can get there via hiking trails or a high railway line. This Incan citadel is located high in the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River valley. Phenomenal Machu Picchu leaves a very special impression in the heart of every visitor. Getting there could be a tough experience, but it is really worth it. From Cusco to the Sacred Valley, the trip promises to bring unforgettable emotions and leave wonderful memories.

Panorama of Machu Pichu with Huayna Picchu, rainforest jungle and mountains with blue sky in the background. Photo: depositphotos.com

Panorama of Machu Pichu with Huayna Picchu, rainforest jungle and mountains with blue sky in the background. Photo: depositphotos.com

Sacred Valley

It is well-known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley) and is located about 15km north of Cuzco. It is a region in Peru’s Andean highlands. For a long time it was the home of beautiful colonial cities which were quite separate from other towns. Today it has become a favorite tourist destination in Peru. Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it was the center and soul of the Inca Empire. Stretching across about 60 kilometers, it’s an area of glebe farmland and a number of Spanish colonial villages like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The former is famous for its Sunday handicraft market and Incan citadel.

Ollantaytambo, old Inca fortress in the Sacred Valley in the Andes mountains of Cusco, Peru, South America. Panorama of Machu Pichu with Huayna Picchu, rainforest jungle and mountains with blue sky in the background. Photo: depositphotos.com

Ollantaytambo, old Inca fortress in the Sacred Valley in the Andes mountains of Cusco, Peru, South America. Panorama of Machu Pichu with Huayna Picchu, rainforest jungle and mountains with blue sky in the background. Photo: depositphotos.com

 Nazca Lines

At some point – approximately between 500 BC and AD 500 – these mysterious, quite extraordinary geoglyphs were engraved; they depict living creatures such as animals,  birds, and even a human, best known as ‘the astronaut’. Their sheer size makes the paintings possible to understand only from the air.  Planes and helicopters cross the desert airfield nearby, but be prepared to feel airsick as you zoom in and out.

Nazca Lines, Aerial View, Peru, The Hummingbird. Photo: depositphotos.com

Nazca Lines, Aerial View, Peru, The Hummingbird. Photo: depositphotos.com

 

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